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Fresh Italian Tuna Salad Recipe

Written by: Emily Smith

This Italian tuna salad is my go-to for a quick, flavorful lunch. Packed with fresh veggies, olives, and a tangy dressing, it's a refreshing twist on the classic tuna salad.

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Here's a little gem from my kitchen - a fresh Italian tuna salad! I love bringing together the zingy flavors of onions, olives, capers, and peppers with the heartiness of canned tuna. It's quick, it's easy, and oh-so-delicious! There's nothing like popping open a can of tuna and turning it into this vibrant, tasty salad. Trust me, once you've tried this, you'll be making it on repeat. Enjoy a little taste of Italy right in your home! Come on, let's dive in!

Ingredients for Italian Tuna Salad

  • Tuna: Protein-packed and adds a meaty texture to the salad, providing a savory and satisfying element to the dish.
  • Red onion: Adds a sharp and pungent flavor to the salad, enhancing the overall taste with its distinct taste.
  • Red bell pepper: Brings a sweet and crunchy texture to the salad, adding a pop of color and freshness to the dish.
  • Cherry tomatoes: Bursting with juicy sweetness, cherry tomatoes provide a refreshing and vibrant element to the salad.
  • Black olives: Briny and rich in flavor, black olives contribute a salty and savory taste to the salad.
  • Parsley: Fresh and herbaceous, parsley adds a bright and aromatic note to the salad, enhancing its overall freshness.
  • Capers: Tangy and briny, capers provide a burst of flavor that complements the other ingredients in the salad.
  • Extra virgin olive oil: Adds richness and a fruity flavor to the salad, while also helping to bind the ingredients together.
  • Red wine vinegar: Provides a tangy and slightly sweet acidity to the salad, balancing the flavors and adding a zesty kick.

Kitchen Tools Required

  • Mixing bowl: To combine all the ingredients and ensure they are evenly mixed.
  • Sharp knife: For cutting the vegetables and other ingredients into the desired sizes.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes


  • 2 cans of tuna, drained
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, combine the tuna, red onion, red bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, black olives, parsley, and capers.
  2. Drizzle the olive oil and red wine vinegar over the salad.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, then toss everything together until well combined.
  4. Serve the tuna salad on a bed of lettuce or with crusty bread.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 280 kcal | Carbohydrates: 6 g | Protein: 25 g | Total Fat: 16 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 45 mg | Sodium: 680 mg | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 2 g | Calcium: 60 mg | Potassium: 450 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Vitamin A: 800 µg | Vitamin C: 30 mg

Preparing and Storing Tuna Salad in Advance

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the tuna salad as directed but store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • Toss the salad again before serving to freshen it up.

Freezing Instructions

  • It's not recommended to freeze this tuna salad as the texture of the vegetables and tuna may become mushy when thawed.

One interesting fact about this fresh Italian tuna salad recipe is that adding a splash of balsamic vinegar to the dressing can give the salad a unique sweet and tangy flavor that complements the tuna perfectly. It's a simple twist that can elevate the taste of the dish and surprise your taste buds!

Common Questions About This Tuna Salad Recipe

Can I use fresh tuna instead of canned tuna for this salad?
Yes, you can definitely use fresh tuna for a more gourmet twist. Just cook the fresh tuna and flake it into the salad.
How long can I store this tuna salad in the refrigerator?
You can store this tuna salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
Can I add other vegetables to this Italian tuna salad?
Absolutely! Feel free to customize the salad with your favorite vegetables like cucumbers, celery, or even artichoke hearts.
Is this Italian tuna salad recipe gluten-free?
Yes, this recipe is naturally gluten-free as long as you ensure all your ingredients are gluten-free, especially the canned tuna.
Can I make this tuna salad ahead of time for a party?
Yes, you can make this tuna salad ahead of time. Just keep it refrigerated until you're ready to serve.

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